Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Perfect Gifts For The Holiday Season !!

Recently I got the chance to review a couple of the products from Kuisiware. One was for my kitchen and the other was for hubby's grill. We received the 2-in1- salt and pepper grinder and the Grill Light for free for our review. Now's the perfect time for me to share it with you as they are both on sale for the upcoming holidays!!!

The 2-in-1 Salt and Pepper Grinder is a beautiful silver finish with ceramic blades to grind your salt and peppercorn of choice. I use the Kosher white salt or sometimes the Himalayan Pink salt, which I prefer.
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I have honestly tried several grinders before and they never hold up to our use. This one, however, does! It was a strong, sturdy grinder that has been used during our regular use, and for our recent holiday dinner. Everyone who has used it loves it! It also is a very appealing addition to your table as it has a nice finish and your salt color of choice makes a difference.

If you're one who likes to keep your family free of BPA, this is the salt grinder for you. It is convenient as you have your salt and pepper in one container. It is also easy to adjust the grind so you can choose how large the grains come out as.

This one was definitely a winner in our home!!

Now on to the next amazing product!

Packing 10 LED Lights, the Grill Light is a must for your backyard BBQ Master.

My hubby grills all year round. Usually it's not an issue but when daylight savings time runs out in the fall, it can get quite dark before he's finished cooking. This new addition of the grill lantern light has made that a thing of the past.

He has attached this to his charcoal grill and it's LED light shines brightly when he's on the job.

As you can see, it got a thumbs up from the grill man himself!!! It runs off of AA batteries and can give you up to 18-hours of lighting for your grilling needs. You can adjust it both vertically and horizontally to make sure you can see your entire grill when you're firing it up.

I would highly recommend both of this quality products to add to your kitchen. Maybe you're looking for something for that griller in your family that has everything already. Perhaps you need a new salt and pepper grinder for your dining table at Christmas. Whatever the reason, stop by the Kuisiware site today and see all the fabulous products they have to offer you. We have thoroughly enjoyed ours so far and can't wait to put them to the test this holiday season!!!

**I received this product free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are mine.***

Monday, November 16, 2015

And the Award Goes To...

Wow! Can you believe the Crew year is over already? That went by incredibly fast! It's time for the Blue Ribbon Awards that are voted on by the Crew every year. This means I can share some of my favorites with you from the past year and also you can see what others were the top among Crew members.

2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards
So without further ado, here are my top favorites for this year!

Science Category
Our all time favorite for science had to be the Ann McCallum, Eat Your Science Homework book we received. It was so much fun cooking our science and eating it while were learning the facts. It was a lot of fun working with Boo Bear in the kitchen. Especially when he had the light bulb go off on the subjects we were cooking for. ;)

Audio Books
We received several great audio books this year. That was such a blessing as Boo Bear LOVES stories on tape/CD. We listen to them almost every time we get in the car so having new ones was a treat. One of our favorites this year had to be Brinkman Adventures. The stories of real life missionaries and the adventures they went on were quite exciting. It was also awesome to hear how God worked in each and every situation.

Of course, I also loved the Nutcracker from Maestro Classics because this is my favorite ballet of all time. It was very hard to choose just one that we loved!!

Fun Times
For Boo Bears top pick of fun reviews, USAopoly won out. His favorite was Tapple and we have played it several times since reviewing it. We even created our own version of it on the road when we didn't have the game with us.

Online Resource
For me it was the Super Teacher Worksheets we reviewed. I am still using it to print out practice or on the go sheets for us when we need them.

Teacher Resources
Okay. So picking my favorite was really hard. We had some great products this year for the Mama's but this one was probably my favorite :). I LOVE the Homeschool Planet online planner. It is so easy to keep up with his assignments, move them when I need to and have it where ever I need it. I highly recommend it if you're looking for an online planner to keep you together.

These are just a few of our favorite things from this year. Be sure to click the banner above to see what products won and which ones your Crew members voted top picks!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

GrapeVine Studies: Birth of Jesus - Multi-Level Review

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Recently we got the chance to check out the GrapeVine Studies unit called the Birth of Jesus : Multi-Level
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This award winning curriculum is a unique way to add in the bible study lessons you want with an element of fun. It can be hard to figure out where you want to start working with your child on studying the bible. I know it's sometimes hard for me to figure out where I want to start reading myself, much less teach. With these studies, you can find a great starting point that allows you to get into the Word with your child in a way they can understand. 

These homeschool bible study lessons offer you a way to learn that is different from what we've used before. You are about to go on a fun adventure stick figuring through the bible! Yes you heard that right! You may have said before all you can draw are stick figures. Well, here's your bible curriculum choice just for you! 

What We Received: 
For this review we received the student workbook and the teacher edition of Birth of Jesus for ages 7 and up. The student book itself has a little less than 50 pages and the teachers edition has over 60. I used a couple of our binders we have here at home to make our Bible study booklet. 

The teacher's guide has a suggested lesson plan that we followed but you can do it however it fits best for you. We used the lesson guide and had one section of the weeks lesson each day. For a typical week for us, we started on Monday with the timeline. This is where the fun Stick Figuring Through the Bible comes in. For the little ones in your family, they have the younger levels where your little one can trace the stick figures. We were using the older level where children draw the figures in as you talk about them. 

As we went over the figures, Boo Bear would draw them in on the first day and we would discuss some of what we were drawing. I would draw them with him on a marker board as he drew them in his book. The lesson pages go over things such as The Announcement, The Proclamation, and the Wise Men. Each section has a variety of verses and questions for you to research with your little one to find out the story of the Birth of Jesus. There's a weekly memory verse for you to learn and lesson review questions at the end of your daily lesson pages. 

Teachers Guide

The next weeks lesson starts off with a review of the previous week before you get going on your new addition. It builds each week on what you've learned to add to the timeline of Jesus' Birth. You're going on the exciting journey with Mary and Joseph as they travel through various lands culminating with the birth of Christ. 

This exciting curriculum is a perfect addition to your daily bible studies. The study is based on five weeks of lessons total or there's 24 daily activities. You could do this in two or three days a week if you wanted to, but we used it each day of the week that we school. 

What we thought:
I loved using this material. It was a really fun way to learn the birth of Jesus and to work with it on Boo Bear's level to get a deeper understanding of it. He enjoyed the stick figure drawing and put his own flair on the pictures. It encompasses a variety of learning styles and helps to concrete the information in your mind. 

There are many levels and stories available for your homeschool bible study lessons. You can check out the about the levels page to see where your child would fit in with the stick figure lessons. You can also see their page by clicking here on how to choose the right level for your family. There are a variety of levels to go through and you can even get a level to fit each different age of your children together. Here's a few sample lessons to look at as well so you can get a better idea of what to expect. 

Be sure to check GrapeVine out on social media below and click the banner to see other Crew Members reviews. You're going to really enjoy this fun and exciting way to bring Bible lessons into your homeschool room.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Critical Thinking Co. : The Basics of Critical Thinking Review

Recently we received the opportunity to review The Critical Thinking Co selection called The Basics of Critical Thinking

The Critical Thinking Co strives to help your children of all ages improve their thinking skills, test scores, and their problem solving abilities. These skills cover all subjects including math, science, and history. The company offers a variety of books, test preparation options, full curriculum and even preschool programs to help your little one get a great start.

What We Received:
We received the physical book called The Basics of Critical Thinking. The book is for grades 4-9 and offers daily lessons on helping to improve your child's critical thinking skills.

Critical thinking is important in helping your child succeed in life itself. It helps them deal with daily problems that come their way whether it is in class or in social situations. Learning these skills early on can truly help them improve study habits, grades, and in test taking down the road. 

This book is full of critical thinking skills and covers everything from what critical thinking is to learning arguments and analogy skills. The book also reinforces and teaches your child how to identify and evaluate the evidence you're given. This is all done through easy to understand activities for your children to work on. This award winning curriculum allows you to do the assignments one day at a time or you can work on several if you wish. 

How we used it:
Each morning we would do one assignment from the book to help us start our thinking process for the day. These include fun graphics and illustrations, easy to follow directions, and assignments for each skill taught. The lessons are fairly short so that you do not lose the attention of the younger crowd who may have shorter attention spans. 

My son enjoyed working on these and said this was one of his favorite parts of the day. We found ways for it to cross over with other curriculum as it would prompt discussions on whether something was really truth or if it was a belief. 

These skills go with your children throughout life and actually help you improve yours as you work through the book with your students. 

What we thought:
This book was a hit in our classroom. Boo Bear really enjoyed the assignments and enjoyed the challenges it presented. It can be hard sometimes to keep their attention or focus when the assignment feels boring. That was definitely not the case with this book. These assignments were easy to get through and Boo Bear absolutely loved working on it. It's nice to have something that we can work on that does meet hesitation. It makes it easy on Mama too when we have these type of assignments that are met with excitement. 

I highly recommend check out this and the other selections you'll find at the Critical Thinking Co. Be sure to check them out on social media below and click the banner to see other Crew Reviews.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Ann McCallum Books: Eat Your Science Homework Review

We love science here in our home. It's a main part of our everyday. Science is fun and exciting and can literally be found in nearly everything you do. What better way to reiterate that than with a fun review from Ann McCallum Books called Eat Your Science Homework!!
What We Received: 
We received a physical copy of the book called Eat Your Science Homework. This exciting book covers a variety of science topics such as the periodic table of elements and black holes all in the kitchen. 

Each lesson provides information on the topic before you get started. Then follows the recipe for you and your children to make in the kitchen to model the topic. Then there's even more information on how the recipe works and shows you the science topic at hand. There's a lot of fun tasty recipes like sedimentary lasagna and black hole swallow ups. 

We made Atomic Popcorn  Balls first.  The list of ingredients that are used are typically things you have around the house. 

The recipes are really easy to follow and basic steps that your children can do with some supervision. 

It was really easy for Boo Bear to read the directions and follow them to make this recipe. I had him read the first few pages about the periodic table to make sure he had an understanding of what we were working on. Then we hit the kitchen!

We made two different colors of popcorn balls with ours. 
I do agree with Boo Bear. These kind of felt gross when we were putting them together. They were tasty but felt icky and sticky. That just adds to the fun times in the kitchen!

Once we were finished making these snacks we enjoyed one. We added in raisins but you could use other dried fruit in the recipe if you like. 

We also tried to do the sedimentary lasagna recipe. I learned a lesson because I didn't follow the instructions completely and we ended up with a hard as rock dish. Of course it helped to cement the lesson in Boo Bear's mind because he then proceeded to say, "Oh I get it. Sedimentary Rock Layers!!!" That's not what I had in mind, but hey, it worked. 

What we thought:
We loved this review! We love science anyway but this was such a fun time in the kitchen together. These recipes make learning science exciting and a treat when you get to Eat Your Science Homework.

Also, when we received the book, there was a signed postcard and a note from the author. It made it a personal touch and the book was signed as well. Boo Bear thought that was really cool! 

We totally recommend this book and any of her other experiment books to those who are looking to add to their fun in science. Whether you need extra activities to reiterate your lessons or just something fun to do with a group, this is your resource.  This is a great addition to your everyday lessons, a great Christmas gift for that science kiddo in your family or just a fun resource for your co-op to give you fresh ideas. 

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review
I've mentioned before how much we love audio books in this house. We've listened to so many over the years I couldn't even count them. We recently had the chance to check out a new to us series from The Brinkman Adventures and their Season 3 CD set. The Brinkmans are a large family that go on wild adventures based on true stories in these audio drama sets. These stories portray adventures the family has tied in with amazing missionaries they meet along the way. You learn about some amazing true life Christian Heroes of the day and giggle a little a long the way as well. 

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review
What we received and what we thought:
We received season 3 of this amazing audio missionary drama series. There are 12 separate episodes and you gain over five hours of adventures to listen to. We received the physical CD set so we take these in the car with us on the go. We have several classes we drive to so it's fun to have something new and exciting to listen to. 

We listened to a variety of the stories and each one had an amazing tale of how God worked things out for the missionaries, even when you're not sure how it will work. One of our favorites was about a missionary who lost his family due to their unbelief in what he was doing. He went on to deliver thousands of bible's to countries where it is illegal to have one. God worked the episodes out to where he was able to get in with the bibles and get back out without trouble. 

Of course, if you want to know how he did that, what happened with his family, and how many bible's he delivered, you gotta take a listen! Another favorite of mine was where one little girl earned her courage to speak up and speak out for a cause she believed in. It was a wonderful tale of Operation Christmas Child and you've got to listen to that one too! 

My son was really interested in these stories and he asked me were they true. This led off to a great discussion for us on what Missionaries face every day of their lives. We talked about God's calling on their lives and how we can be missionaries in our own world. 

We really enjoyed listening to these adventures and we have some real favorites of our own. They are all amazing and I would highly recommend this to any family who loves the audio drama and missionary stories for kids. 

The Brinkman Adventures Season 3 would make a great addition to any road trip, drive around town, or daily listening activity you could think of. The stories are full of adventure, life lessons, and encouragement that God is moving in the world around us. 

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Yes. It's late but hey... There's no limit on being thankful right? So here we go. Thankful Thursday on... Saturday

510. For being on the road to some answers. We are heading to the allergist in the next week so we should be getting answers on what Boo Bears triggers are.

511. For an amazing husband. I know  I say this a lot but y'all. I'm so thankful for him!!

512. For an amazing group of church folks who always are there to step up and help out in the community.

513. For living in a small town

514. For pumpkin carving... I can't believe he did his own all by himself. Really. It's both exciting and sad because he's growing up way too fast...

515. For great friends who sit and listen to you vent

516. For coffee. Early in the morning. Even on Saturday

517. For an art lesson taught by my kiddo. Sometimes they turn the tables and teach you instead of the other way around...

518. For fun Halloween events together as a family

519. For amazing new clients that only God could provide

520. For adventures yet unseen... 

So what are you thankful for this week??